Casual sex adults
What isn't clear is the nature of the association between casual sex and poor mental health -- which is the cause and which is the effect? This study indicates that it could be some kind of cycle where they both reinforce one another instead of one aspect being the root cause.
Researchers came to their findings by analyzing the data provided by the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.
Entitled Risky Business: Is There an Association between Casual Sex and Mental Health among Emerging Adults?
, the study surveyed over 3,900 heterosexual college students from across the United States about their casual sex behaviors and mental well-being.
On average, 11% of students reported a casual sex encounter during the month prior to the survey, the majority of whom were men. In this study, however, gender did not have an effect on outcomes.
"Risky Business" opens the door to future research questions about causal links between sexual behavior and mental health.
Another made him put on a blindfold the moment he arrived.
“She was going to have sex with me, but I wasn’t allowed to touch her,” he recalls.
The greater proportion of women than men on college campuses may contribute to a hook-up culture where women are more willing to engage in casual sex and are more aggressive toward other desirable ...
But there’s a lot of people out there just looking for casual sex and some people find dating apps intimidating.” He acknowledges that dating apps have lost a lot of the stigma they used to carry four or five years ago.
But the public nature of dating apps — friends and friends of friends can see your profile — can make it harder to be forthcoming about just wanting sex, if that’s what you’re after.
As narratives of "hook-up" culture take center stage in popular media, behavioral researchers are starting to ask what psychological consequences, if any, may be in store for young adults who engage in casual sex.
A new study in The Journal of Sex Research found higher levels of general anxiety, social anxiety, and depression among students who recently had casual sex.
“Most people didn’t even have pictures of their faces,” our 25-year-old Craigslister says. “Usually the person I would meet would be someone unattractive or would have weird tendencies,” he says.